"Invisible files"

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by GustavHallberg, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. GustavHallberg macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2014
    I have downloaded(legally) a Mp4 file. The file starts with a "." and so far I've figured out that files beginning with a dot are reserved for the system and therefore are invisible.

    I managed to access the folder from my downloading program and then removed the dots in the folder name so now the folder is visible but the mp4 file within the folder is still invisible, I know it's there since the size of the folder doesn't align with the files that are visible in the folder.

    I know the easiest way would be to download it again and change the name before the download but it bugs me enormously, so I went here for help.

    I guess my question is if there is some setting you can change to make there files "reserved for the system" visible or some other solution to make the file appear?

    Best regards from Sweden, Gustav Hallberg :apple:
  2. bobdamnit macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2014
    Open Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal) and input the following:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

    That will show all hidden files and folders. Once you find the file you are after and get it renamed, you can then disable that by going back in Terminal and inputting the following:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO

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